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Lights Out trailer: James Wan, David Sandberg bring horror short film to life

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You might’ve seen “Lights Out,” a horror short film from David F. Sandberg that earned some viral fame for its unique scares. Featuring a poltergeist whose silhouette inches closer and closer with each flick of the light, the story has been expanded to a feature film of the same name and the first trailer has now arrived. 

Sandberg directs Lights Out with the help from producer James Wan, the man behind The Conjuring and its sequel. The expanded story centers around the character of Rebecca (Teresa Palmer), whose brother Martin (Gabriel Bateman from Annabelle) is haunted by a frightening entity with a mysterious tie to their mother. 

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The opening of the trailer (shown above) reenacts the horrific short film, including the presence of Sandberg’s wife and actress Lotta Losten. Watch it below. 


Billy Burke (the Twilight franchise), Alexander DiPersia (Forever), and Maria Bello (Prisoners) also feature in the film, which screenwriter Eric Heisserer (Final Destination 5) adapted from Sandberg’s short. Lights Out is getting a theatrical release on July 22.